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Response to gejohnston (Reply #34)

Sat May 3, 2014, 06:22 PM

36. Class and peerage a BFD?

Think about that for a moment. The queen pays taxes. Her grandkids serve in the military, as did her sons. They don't get a free ride. The PM's of the past several decades have all come out of the working class or middle class. The House of Lords is a bit of a throwback, but has undergone much change of late and there will be more to come.
There is a class system, just as there is in any society, including the US. Ironically, I think the class system in the US has far more influence on the political process. The political dynasties are on a par with medieval Europe. Of course, class in the US means power and wealth, while in the UK it is more about breeding and education. Money has very little, and often nothing, to do with it. Having attended the right school counts more than who your daddy is. But that applies, somewhat, to the US as well.

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